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MWA is Looking for a Few Wonderful Workshops

Are you ready to wow audiences with your expertise in the craft of writing, the development of a genre, the business of writing or another writing topic? MWA is now taking workshop applications for Brain to Bookshelf 2021, our annual conference, being held on October 16-17, at the Hilton Hotel... Continue reading ...

MWA Annual Brain to Bookshelf Conference

October 16, 2021 9:00 AM to October 17, 2021 5:00 PM Baltimore Hilton of BWI1739 W Nursery Rd.Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 Save the date – details coming soon Continue reading ...

A Conversation with KidLit Authors

May 08, 20212:00 PM – 3:30 PM From board books to young adult, big press to small press, indie to work for hire to traditional publishing, the world of children’s literature is as vibrant and varied as the kids and teens who read it. Join us as a lively panel... Continue reading ...

MWA Is Seeking Teen Writing Club Leaders!

Interested in giving back to the community and nurturing young writers? The MWA Teen Writing Program is seeking new club leaders around the state. Our teen clubs bring together young writers, typically ages twelve to eighteen, in a supportive, collaborative atmosphere. Club leaders guide teens on the craft of creative... Continue reading ...

Accepting Submissions for MWA Newsletter Summer 2021

DEADLINE: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 You and your chapter members are welcome to send your news and articles for possible inclusion in our newsletter. We appreciate reviews of books on writing, how-to advice, interviews with writers or guest speakers, member profiles, member surveys, and other subjects of interest to writers... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) August 18, 2021 – Mapping the Territory with Jean Diehl

At the heart of a novel are essential questions, emotions, and relationships that a writer may be drawn to – consciously or unconsciously – to explore over the course of more than one story. The writer’s territory is a place you have to draw your own map for. Award-winning author... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) July 21, 2021 – Dynamic dialogue: A writer’s guide with Shelly Desjarlais

Dialogue can be one of the trickiest components to any piece. It can easily become stilted, jumbled, or just plain boring. How can we add a decent flow and a touch of zing to our characters’ conversations? Shelly Desjarlais has a few tips and tricks that will make your dialogue... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) April 21, 2021 – Writing as Activism with Robert Stubblefield

Writing is like many things in this world. It is a tool and not an end-all be-all solution to everything. However, words, especially that of the written word, have power and can help motivate and inspire those to speak up and demand change as well as use their voice in... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) June 16, 2021 – Writing Behavior & Psychology Accurately with Loriann Oberlin

The process of developing characters can be a complicated one, after all, three-dimensional characters have numerous qualities and experiences that make them unique. Having a firm grasp of the psychology behind a character enables a writer to provide more context to their behavior and depth to their personality. Loriann Oberlin,... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) May 19, 2021 – Memorable Songwriting with Edward Sparks

Memorable songs don’t write themselves. This week, Edward Sparks, talented musician, songwriter, and maker of fine instruments, will talk about the art of writing songs that speak to the heart. A lot of songs have great instrumentation, musical hooks, vocals, and harmonies, but the lyrics fall flat. Ed believes in... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) February 17, 2021 – Navigating the Paths of Publishing with Michele Chynoweth

Learn from a best-selling author, editor and marketing expert who has been through a variety of publishing paths including self-publishing, working with a literary agent, and contracting with small and large traditional publishers – and whose novels have gone on to win a number of literary awards and earn her... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) March 17, 2021 – One Woman Living History with Mary Ann Jung

Mary Ann Jung is an award-winning actress and Smithsonian Scholar who performs delightful and inspiring shows about amazing women in history. She has appeared on CNN and Good Morning America and done numerous shows for the National Archives and Smithsonian Museums. She has been a lead actress and Royal Court... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) January 20, 2021 – Writers Block Workshop

Are you feeling frozen inside? Stuck in your head? Locked-up and, therefore, unable to write? Do you have a story idea coming to mind, but something is thwarting the starting process? Are you starting to feeling discouraged, demoralized, inadequate? Most writers will agree they have suffered through the creative agony... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) December 16, 2020 – Open Mic Night

The Annapolis Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA) presents Open Mic Night! This is your chance to read your published, unpublished, finished, or in-progress poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc. in front of a friendly group of supportive people. This is always a crowd favorite, so be a part of the... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) November 18, 2020 – Make Writing Fun Again: An Evening of Group Writing and Discussion

Are you feeling lost, lonely, or uninspired? Trying to figure out how to reignite the creative spark in your writing practice? Even if your writing is stronger than ever, come lend your talents and imagination to the group in this interactive zoom meeting. Annapolis Chapter President Becky Shiles will lead... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) August 19, 2020 – Creating a Template for Success: On the Importance of Structuring Narratives

Flashbacks, multiple storylines, chronological order, and circular narrative structures are some of the options to develop your story when writing novels. And then there’s a handful of options to approach your plot development. What about point-of-view, emotional arcs, narrative arcs, motivations, and predicaments? How does culture influence both plot and... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) October 21, 2020 – Writing Advice from a New York Times Bestselling Author

Most fiction writers spend a lot of time negotiating and then renegotiating how to assemble the seemingly endless amount of swirling ideas into a coherent story. Topics like external conflict, revisions, more revisions, editing, passive voice and dialogue, as well as how to manage time and approach a query letter,... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) September 16, 2020 – Separating Fact From Fiction: The Rise and Role of Journalism

For twenty-five years (1988-2013), John DeDakis was deeply involved in CNN’s coverage of almost every major national and international news story, retiring in 2013 as a Senior Copy Editor of CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” DeDakis, whose journalism career began when he was tear gassed in 1970 while covering... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) MWA Elections & Annual Membership Meeting 2020

On the agenda are the election of officers, readings of winning poetry from the 2019 poetry contest, and a moderated session for your input on important questions regarding plans for the coming year. We need your ideas and preferences. The meeting will be held by Zoom on June 20, 2 p.m.,... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) July 15, 2020 – The Intertwined Crafts of Thinking and Writing Well

What does it mean to “think well”? How does this skill relate to “writing well”? Freelance writer, editor and speechwriter, herbalist, permaculturalist, and traditional rug-hooking artist, Leigh Glenn, will take us on a journey through the intertwined crafts of thinking well and writing well that naturally lead to synthesizing and... Continue reading ...

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